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Harry Potter Week: Spellbound

Okay, so for Harry Potter Week, I was thinking of things I could do instead of doing House- or Character-inspired looks, which I think tend to be more common when it comes to Harry Potter and beauty crossovers. I ended up thinking of making looks inspired by spells and charms! I picked 3 that have a distinct visual effect about them that are also widely used in in Rowling’s magical world, at least in Harry Potter’s timeline.

Look 1: The Patronus Charm

“This ancient and mysterious charm conjures a magical guardian, a projection of all your most positive feelings. The Patronus Charm is difficult, and many witches and wizards are unable to produce a full, corporeal Patronus, a guardian which generally takes the shape of the animal with whom they share the deepest affinity. You may suspect, but you will never truly know what form your Patronus will take until you succeed in conjuring it.”Miranda Goshawk

HP Week - Patronus Charm

Harry first cast a Patronus Charm in The Prisoner of Azkaban. His Patronus took the form of a stag.

My memory of the Patronus Charm is of a burst of white and blue light that’s very clean and visually strong. Here, I’ve used a very shimmery white-silver, bareMinerals’ Silver Dollar, and faded it out into a beautiful white and purple-blue duochrome, Femme Fatale’s Ancient Traitor on the upper lid. I blended it out with a crease color, Le Métier de Beauté’s Tamarack. On my lower lash line, I have Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in Ultraviolet, smudged out with Shiro Cosmetics’ Tardis.

HP Week - Patronus Charm - Eye

Rest of the makeup: MAC Paint Pot (Painterly), K-Palette Real Lasting 2-Way Eyebrow Liner (101)*, Pixy Perfect Eyeliner (Black)*, Le Métier de Beauté Peau Vierge Correcteur (Medium), Le Métier de Beauté Peau Vierge Anti-Aging Pressed Powder (Shade 2), Le Métier de Beauté True Colour Eye Shadow (Tamarack, for contour), Addiction by Ayako Eyeshadow (Truffle, for contour), Happy Skin Shut Up & Kiss Me Moisturizing Lippie (Crushing on You)

Look 2: The Killing Curse

“There was a flash of blinding green light and a rushing sound, as though a vast, invisible something was soaring through the air — instantaneously the spider rolled over onto its back, unmarked, but unmistakably dead.” from Harry Potter & the Goblet of Fire

My notes for this look were “Green? Make it look bad lol.” The Killing Curse, which is one of the three Unforgivable Curses, is pretty much self-explanatory. It’s used to kill off your enemies, invented in the Medieval times as an instantaneous way of slaying your opponent in a duel. Its incantation is avada kedavra, Aramaic for “let the thing be destroyed,” and is supposedly the origin of one of the magic keywords used by birthday party magicians, abracadabra, which means “I create like the word.”

Sorry in advance for the extreme close-ups, lol.

Harry Potter Week - Avada Kedavra Look - Face 1

The Killing Curse is what killed Harry’s parents, but made him a legend as he escaped death as a child.

The Killing Curse emits a sickeningly green light, which is what I decided to go with for this look. It’s quite literal, but what can you do? I brought this upon myself, haha.

I used a MAC Paint Pot in Painterly as a base, blending it up to my brow bone. For my upper lid, I used NARS Grand Palais (right, light side) all over the lid and a combination of Makeup Geek’s Cocoa Bear and Mocha as a hazy, blown-out crease color. I wanted to concentrate the greeniness of Avada Kedavra on my lower lashline, on which I used a combination of Shiro Cosmetics’ Lingered in Twilight and MAKE Colour’s Poison Oak. I ended up adding a beautiful green liner, Illamasqua’s Precision Ink in Wisdom, in the form of a baby wing on top of a soft winged liner on my upper lash line I made with Poison Oak.

Harry Potter Week - Avada Kedavra Look - Face 2

Rest of the makeup: Happy Skin Second Skin Créme in 02 Natural Beige, K-Palette Real Lasting 2-Way Eyebrow Liner in 101*, MAC Zoom Fast Black Lash Mascara, K-Palette 1 Day Magic 3D Palette in 01*, NARS Pure Matte Lipstick in Tonkin

Look 3: The Disarming Charm

“The Disarming Charm lies at the heart of a good dueling technique. It allows the duelist to rebound an opponent’s spell in the hope that the rebounded spell will strike the opponent and leave him or her vulnerable to further attack.” Miranda Goshawk

More commonly known as its incantation, Expelliarmus, the Disarming Charm became Harry Potter’s “signature spell” as he used it in combat against Lord Voldemort’s Avada Kedavra. As their wands were made of the same core (from the same phoenix, no less), their wands locked in a Priori Incantatem, causing the casters to battle it out through sheer force of will. When Harry casts the Disarming Charm against Voldemort, his spell emits a jet of scarlet light, which is what I chose to base my look on. Sometimes, the Disarming Charm manifests itself as a white or a ball of blue light.

Expelliarmus - Face - 1

I obviously kept it a bit simple here, relying on both eyes and lips for the spell’s visuals instead of just the eyes. I kind of wish I didn’t do the red liner and just went with the lipstick, but stuff happens. For the eyes, I topped off my EOTD with Illamasqua Pure Pigment in Furore. Underneath, I wore a MAC Paint Pot in Painterly, and some colors from my NARSissist Palette (All About Eve, Madrague, and Brousse). I used the K-Palette 1 Day Magic Liquid Liner* and the 3CE Gel Eyeliner in L.O.V.E.* For mascara, I used the K-Palette 1 Day Magic Fiber Mascara.* My lipstick is from the Le Métier de Beauté Hydra-Crème Lipstick line; the shade is called Signature Red. It’s pretty simple but I think it captures the “spirit” of the spell well.

Expelliarmus - Face - 2

Rest of the makeup: NARS Sheer Glow (Punjab), NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer (Ginger), Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder (Dim Light, Incandescent Light, Radiant Light), K-Palette 24H Real Lasting 2-Way Eyebrow Liner (G101)*, & Other Stories Powder Blusher (Canvas Taupe)

There are a lot of more spells, charms, and curses to translate into looks and since they’re not visually depicted in the movies so much, they might be more fun to do, too, since you don’t have to be quite so literal and obvious. I feel like these three are the most recognizable and frequently-used ones, so I just went with it.

I hope you’re enjoying Harry Potter Week, so far. Even though it’s mostly looks. Tomorrow, I talk about some “magical” products. Oooh~

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  1. laura says

    Really pretty! I really love the 2nd look! I am very fond of olive green on my eyelids. I might try it on my lower lashline one of these days.

  2. The red liner is fantastic! Also it is such a great idea doing spell-related makeup looks, I love how you’ve created each one! Patronous is my favourite I think. =)

  3. Eep I’m just rereading these books and I had a huge fangirl moment when I looked at all this awesome makeup 😀 Love the Killing Curse look!

  4. So beautiful, so inspired! My fave is the patronus look, I think the colors are SUUUUUUPER on point for what they showed on film. P.S. you wear bright lines of color on the eyes so well 😮

  5. Oooooo, I love these! Keep it up with the awesome spell looks! I love that you’re having fun with colour, that’s something I’ve been wanting to do as well…. but I keep forgetting to buy colourful makeup X) Now you’re inspiring me to try doing so again! (Also I keep trying to buy purple eyeliners… and somehow just keep buying crap ones that break easily and don’t go on well… :/… and green ones that are never quite as green as they are supposed to be.. oh well.)

    • Thanks, Claudia! I love having fun with color too 😀 I think I found a way to wear it without feeling “off.” Try essence or Rimmel! I THINK they are Europe-based drugstore brands that make good liners. Also, you can use eyeshadow and just apply with a stiff angled brush 😀

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